Family snow day (or 20 minutes)

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It finally snowed for the first time here all Winter! It only snowed a little bit, not even an inch, but I was so excited to bundle the babies up and take them out I jumped at the opportunity. The thing about taking the babies out is that especially in the Winter it usually takes an hour to get them ready and then we’re only outside for like a half hour. But that’s okay, I think it’s worth it because it is truly my favorite thing to see them experience new things. The looks on their faces when they waddled outside were priceless.

They were so bundled up they looked like little sumo wrestlers, and within the first 5 minutes of being outside they had both fallen forward at least once and needed help to stand back up. Still though, they loved it. What’s not to love? Something you can eat or throw at daddy? A toddler’s dream! I have to admit it was also fun for mom and dad, we pulled them around on a little saucer sled and then we each took turns going too.

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Daddy pulling Ava on the saucer while Mommy and Nicholas chase after
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Ava looking back at Daddy
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Nicholas contemplating who to throw his snowball at

All in all we had a great time. The only problem is that their gloves are too big. We got them at Carters with their hats and they’re both 2T, but they’re mittens and it’s just too hard to get their tiny little fingers into the right places. I’ve looked for better gloves for them but haven’t found any. If anyone knows of any that work well for babies their age let me know! It’s been a hectic kind of week getting back into the normal routine since the babies got sick but I’m going to try to get posts up more often! Thank you to anyone reading this and have a wonderful day (:

Fiber packed Toddler Cookies

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This recipe has been a lifesaver for me. Ava has struggled with constipation ever since she was born, but a few months ago it just got so bad I couldn’t take it. I had tried everything but nothing was working. I found this recipe on an online forum and it immediately started helping Ava and the best part was that she loved them.

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It might seem like a lot of ingredients but the recipe makes a lot of cookies. You’ll need

  • 1 1/2 cups prune puree (home made or store bought)
  • 1/2 cup of oil (olive,coconut, etc.)
  • 2/3 cup sweetener (honey, agave, maple syrup..)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup oat or wheat bran (or more for desired consistency, I usually use closer to 1 cup)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ground flaxseed (optional) I like to add some for a little extra nutrition

Preheat the oven to 350. Combine the first 5 ingredients in a large bowl, beat well. Then add in the rest of the ingredients. Add more wheat bran to make it the desired consistency, it won’t be exactly like a normal cookie recipe but that’s okay.

Then coat a baking sheet with cooking spray and use a spoon (or whatever works, I used a melon baller) to spoon equal amounts of your cookie dough onto the sheet.

Then bake for 10-12 minutes and let cool. I put my cookies in a freezer bag and keep them frozen so I can just take one or two out at a time as I need them. I give my daughter two cookies a day and this keeps her stomach feeling good. This batch made 65 cookies! So I won’t have to make another batch for a couple weeks at least.

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And I have two happy, healthy campers (:

Fevers and Sleepyheads

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Me and Ava being lazy

Ava came down with a fever Thursday night, it lasted all weekend but she’s doing better now. The good thing I’ve realized about having twins is that usually when one baby is really cranky or not feeling good, the other one is super low maintenance. It’s like they know that you just couldn’t handle it if they were both freaking out at once. But no matter how good one baby is being, all it takes is that one little one needing you 24/7 to completely run you down.

All week Nick and I were doing a clean eating challenge we saw on Buzzfeed. We had tons of kale, acorn squash, kabocha squash, tempeh, and tons of other super healthy stuff we don’t usually eat on a daily basis. We were waking up early everyday to have our breakfast, eating regular healthy snacks every 3 to 4 hours, and getting our workouts in every day. We were PUMPED and ready for the new year. Then Ava got sick. and this was us-

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Nicholas 1 & 2 sleeping

I know that waking up early tomorrow will be the last thing I want to do after this rough weekend so I made breakfasts and lunches for Nick and I ahead of time. For breakfast I made each of us some no cook blueberry oatmeal in a mason jar. I just used rolled oats, almond milk, greek yogurt (tiramisu flavored, yummm), chai seeds, and blueberries. For lunch I made salads with baby spinach leaves, cucumber slices, shredded chicken (leftovers from dinner), edamame, and a homemade vinaigrette made with orange juice, apple cider vinegar, olive oil, and a little salt and pepper. I’ll also probably have a pear either with my lunch or for a snack tomorrow. These are some of my favorite recipes I discovered this week with our clean eating challenge and it should put us back on the right track.

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This weekend I didn’t have two seconds to clean, I made 10 healthy home cooked meals that both babies refused to eat, and Nick and I were lucky if we had a chance to drink our coffee let alone eat 3 meals and 2 snacks a day. Now, usually this would send me right back into eating whatever I can find and making excuses every day but I don’t want to do that anymore. I’m never going to be perfect all the time but I’m learning that it’s okay to give yourself a break. The point is, if something comes up right in the middle of your perfect supermom streak- don’t feel like you failed. Put your cape back on, tell yourself you can do it, and try again.